Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Yes! We have bananas!

Actually are not bananas exactly, but I am writing today to announce the new FSFLA's website, I just thought the bananas would be more attractive. :)

If you're curious, try to access: http://www.fsfla.org -- I hope our DNS is already propagated to yours.

Thanks FSFE for providing the vserver, and Jonas, who was really patient with me :)


 

Friday, January 20, 2006

A linha e o linho

É a sua vida que eu quero bordar
na minha
Como se eu fosse o pano e você fosse
a linha
E a agulha do real nas mãos
da fantasia
Fosse bordando ponto a ponto
nosso dia-a-di..a
E fosse aparecendo aos poucos
nosso amor
Os nossos sentimentos loucos,
nosso amor
O zig-zag do tormento, as cores
da alegria
A curva generosa
da compreensão
Formando a pétala da rosa
da paixão
A sua vida o meu caminho,
nosso amor
Você a linha e eu o linho,
nosso amor
Nossa colcha de cama,
nossa toalha de mesa
Reproduzidos no bordado
A casa, a estrada, a correnteza
O sol, a ave,
a árvore,
o ninho da beleza...

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

German things...

I fortgot to blog about it few days ago, but the morning's experience I had today made me remind this subject :)

Here in Hamburg, the metro (subway, s-bahn, u-bahn, whatever) really works. It is irritatingly in time, and all the station have plates with a minutes countdown. There's no ticket control to get in the train, but if you "forget" to pay and someone ask you for the ticket, then you would pay much more.

It's incredible, eveybody buy tickets!!! Including me :-D

I imagine this kind of system in the Sao Paulo's metro, for instance....heheheh

But sometimes the train delays. That already happened with me twice, I guess. The reason: people jump in front of the train trying to kill themselves.

I thought it was a joke, but a couple of days ago I was in the metro coming to the FSFE's office and when the train supposed to go straight to stop in the station, it got another rail and stopped in other place. Georg said "it is strange, the train always stops in the other side". Well, when we were walking in the station, he saw the ambulance, few police people and said: "ah, someone jumped in front of the train, again". With a weird naturalitty in his voice!!! I got stalled, and asked "WHAT????!!!" How could people decide to kill themselves jumping in front of the trains?? And worst: How can the others think that it is normal???

If you have been in Brazil, and saw an accident on the transit, for instance, you noticed lots of people standing around willing to see whether the person is bleeding, or lost a leg, or died. Here it doesn't happen!!! Nobody stops to ask whether the criature is still alive or not!

Well, this morning I was again in the train, coming to the FSFE's office again. The sound system start to announce something different, then I asked Georg: what happened? (Since I cannot -- yet -- understand german). And his answer: "Someone jumped in front of the train".

Minutes later, more messages in the sound system. I asked again: "What happened now? One more?" And he: "No, they are just telling that they took of the corpse and the traffic is back to normal."

And one more normal working day begins...

It doesn't sound weird???

Coisas da Alemanha

Eu tinha me esquecido de blogar há umas semanas, mas a experiência desta manhã me fez relembrar desses assuntos :)

Aqui em Hamburgo, o metro realmente funciona. É irritantemente pontual, e tem uma plaquinha que fica fazendo contagem regressiva de minutos em todas as estações. Não tem catraca pra entrar, então se você "esquecer" de comprar o bilhete, e alguém pedir pra você mostrar, você paga multa de 60 EUR.

Incrível, todo mundo compra o bilhete!!! Até eu :-D

Fico imaginando como seria um metro desses em São Paulo, por exemplo...hehehehe

Mas as vezes os trens atrasam. Isso já aconteceu comigo duas vezes depois que cheguei. Motivo: as pessoas se atiram na frente dos trens para tentar se matar. É mole?

Eu pensei que fosse brincadeira. Um dia estávamos eu e Georg indo para algum lugar, nem lembro onde, e o metro pegou um trilho alternativo para parar na estação. O Georg comentou comigo "estranho, sempre para do outro lado". Aí quando descemos, ele viu ambulância, algumas pessoas da polícia e falou: "ah, alguém se atirou na frente do trem, denovo". Com uma naturalidade incrível! Eu fiquei pasma! Como pode alguém resolver que vai se matar e se atirar na frente do trem? Pior: Como podem as outras pessoas acharem que isso é normal???

Sabe aquele burburinho de gente olhando, querendo saber se teve sangue, perdeu perna ou morreu que sempre acontece em acidente no Brasil? Aqui não acontece!!! Ninguém pára pra perguntar se o infeliz sobreviveu ou não.

Bom, hoje eu estava no trem, vindo para o escritório, e começaram a falar sem parar no sistema de som. Eu perguntei pro Georg: o que houve? (já que eu não entendo NADA de alemão, ainda, infelizmente) E ele: Alguém se atirou na frente do trem.

Minutos depois, mais mensagens. Eu pergunto denovo: O que houve? Mais um? E ele: Não, só estão avisando que retiraram o corpo e o tráfego está normalizado.

E mais um dia normal de trabalho começa....

Não parece esquisito????

Monday, January 9, 2006

Eu tenho um visto!!!!

Caralho! Depois de meses esperando, saiu meu visto de trabalho e moradia na Suíça :)

Zurich, aqui vou eu!!!!!

Tuesday, January 3, 2006

Shitting on voting machines

The brazilian voting system is already internationally known for being 100% eletronic and insecure, for sure. Since the elections in 1996 they start to implement a system, completly proprietary, to do electronic voting in which we dont't have, for instance, the right of recounting the votes, because there's no printed version of our votes. It' s completly automated! Besides, You cannot even know if you really had participated in an anonymous voting because they type your elector number just before go to the machine and type your vote. It' s really easy to know who votes to who.

The government in Brazil managed to do it in a way that all the people are really proud of being the country where the voting process is 100% eletronic. Wow! Even knowning that people still die hunger in the poorest regions in Brazil....clap clap clap! Milions of reais spent in an eletronic-proprietary-insecure-antidemocratic systems.

Now they are giving us the favor of improving the idea: they are opening a licitation to buy more voting machines and adapt the old ones (around 400 thousand) with a new feature: fingerprint scanner devices. They would collect the initial fingerprints in the next elections, and then in the voting after that, we'd not need to bring our "titulo de eleitor" (elector ID) to get recognized by the super new system.

In a discussion mailing list in Brazil, one guy questioned how it would be if the system for any reason cannot recognize the person by the fingerprint. Another guy gave a suggestion that I think was just fantastic: in case of not being able to recognize someone, they would ask this person to shit in a super shit identifier machine connected to the system! You know, just as a contingency ;)

I cannot avoid on imagine big lines of people going to the government in order to have their figerprints collected and then passing in a toillet to drop the "contingency".